DRT Strategies

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DRT Strategies Reviews in Arlington, VA

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
20 Reviews
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Susan M. Kidd
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  1.  

    Great Company!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at DRT Strategies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Great culture set by Susan Kidd
    -Real focus on work/life balance
    -Great colleagues
    -Very employee-centered
    -Challenging and rewarding work
    -Compensation great when considering how many hours are worked
    -More than enough PTO
    -Rapidly growing company
    -In-company training as well as compensation for training received from outside the company
    -Great perks and benefits (commuting, free food, happy hours)

    Cons

    -Compensation not as good as bigger companies (expected)
    -Not as many projects to choose from due to smaller size
    -Some managers can seem to be out-of-touch
    -Rapidly growing company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good workers poor leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I worked at DRT Strategies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The working level of the company has many bright stars in the waiting that are eager for the right type of leadership and mentorship.

    Cons

    The management level and senior leadership is callous at best. They routinely "fired" employees without notice and made the terminated employees feel like it was their fault. In most cases I witnessed it was either: 1) the person was placed in a job that they didn't fit and provided little or no mentorship; or 2) the company poorly planned future opportunities and failed to successfully build/identify new work for staff on contracts that were expiring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build a leadership worthy of the working level staff you hire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Frustrating Company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate II in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate II in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at DRT Strategies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Solid Benefits & PTO
    Work is not challenging or time consuming outside of 9-5.
    There are a lot of really smart and talented people scattered around the company.

    Cons

    Your experience at the company is really dependent upon which contract you get thrusted into. You could have a great client and work from home 5 days a week, or you could be commuting an hour each way to the client site. Don't expect the company to be looking out for your career interests. If you want to be successful here, you have to keep your head down, not make noise, and bill your hours. The company has a history of terminating employees that rock the boat too much and clash against the status quo. Turnover is exceptionally high here at all levels for a reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in actually training your employees and not just chasing certifications, start over building up the internal processes of the company, and prove to your employees that it's not just about billing. As long as you have this negative mindset in the office, you aren't going to retain real talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    So glad I chose to join DRT!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at DRT Strategies full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    DRT is a great company - small size but big enough to have diverse projects and fun yet challenging work, collegial and friendly team members, and supportive leadership!

    Cons

    Does not have all the big company perks like company business cards for all staff but does have big company-like perks with respect to professional development (Training) allowance, monthly happy hours, and a swanky HQ office in Arlington (Ballston), VA

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strengthen company wide mentoring program

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at DRT Strategies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some excellent consultants with great personalities and professional skills. Benefits are "ok".

    Cons

    Some managers are good but others are quite terrible. Not sure how these people are chosen but many don't have the required skills or personality to manage others! There's VERY little communication between Managers and Associates. Associates at all levels are expected to operate on their own but when Managers write reviews, they sometimes write things that are simply not true. The pay increase, annual review and promotions are a big mystery and cause a lot of dissatisfaction among the employees. I have been with DRT Strategies for 3 years and the company has declined significantly over the last couple of years. The turnover is HUGE and lots of good people left because the management is horrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come down from Mount Olympus once in a while and talk to the Associates. We are the workforce that keeps the company profitable and are treated like comodities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    DRT is an amazing company that truly cares about its employees!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at DRT Strategies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work culture, Life/Work Balance, Positive Learning Environment, Fun activities and perks

    Cons

    I don't have any cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to ensure consistency in processes throughout the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    DRT empowers employees to drive their career development and make meaningful contributions to the company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at DRT Strategies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    DRT promotes an employee-centric culture focusing on work/life balance, and provides opportunities for employees to take ownership of their career development. Also, the open-door policy encourages employees to contribute their ideas, thoughts, etc... to actively engage everyone is helping the company grow.

    Cons

    no cons to share about the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fantastic!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at DRT Strategies

    Pros

    There are lots of compelling reasons to work for DRT but here are a few:
    1. The people are bright, dynamic, and diverse
    2. The work is interesting
    3. Everyone helps each other out and isn't afraid of hard work or wearing multiple hats
    4. Women in Senior Leadership positions
    5. Really good benefits package

    Cons

    Overall this is a great company to work for and I really do not see any downsides of working here. However, to be fair, I will give one "con":
    1. Promotions are not actively announced to the company

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great corporate culture, but plenty of growing pains

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Associate in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at DRT Strategies

    Pros

    The owner of the company is incredible. She's a brilliant businesswoman, and she has instilled a culture of respect and camaraderie which is apparent to everyone. The company really stresses "happy employees makes ecstatic clients", and they don't disappoint.

    Cons

    The company is growing rapidly, and there are challenges with senior management to fill key positions with qualified individuals. Additionally, since there is no instituted policy for these things, promotions and raises are very hard to come by and are often not granted to individuals who are deserving. Many aspects of your satisfaction with DRT are dependent upon how proactive your manager is in advocating you to senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    DRT is really a fantastic place to work, but it's important not to let growth diminish the great culture and passion that has been established. Remember to keep focused on the values that matter and treat your employees well so they will stay. DRT has attracted a stellar bunch of folks who are intelligent, hard-working, and truly care about their jobs. It's in the company's best interest to not lose them as a resource.

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